Karachi University rally against Israel
Students and teachers rally against Israel
Karachi, Jan 14: Hundreds of students and teachers of Karachi University (KU) on
Tuesday took out a peaceful rally against the ongoing relentless and barbaric
Israeli terrorism on helpless women, children and elderly Palestinians from KU
Administration Block to KU Silver Jubilee Gate.
Students and teachers chanted
slogans against the Israeli aggression and USA, including "Death to Israel" and
"Death to USA." They were carrying placards inscribed with the anti-American and
Israeli slogans. Some placards were inscribed with harsh words for President
Some speakers in the rally denounced the western apathetic behaviour towards
Israeli aggression, killing more than 1000 helpless Palestinians including 400
Karachi University Students' Alliance organised the rally in
collaboration with Karachi University Teachers' Society (KUTS) to raise the
voice against the barbaric Israeli bombing on Gaza and feeble Palestinians.
It is pertinent to mention here that it is the 18th day of violence in the
Middle East and Pakistani youth are condemning Israel countrywide. The students'
alliance was comprised of Imamia Students Organisation (ISO), Islami Jamiat
Talaba (IJT), Peoples Students Federation (PSF), Punjabi Students Association
(PSA) and others. Conversely, neutral students were also participated in large
numbers. The representatives of the alliance were of the view that the rally was
took out to record a protest against the Israeli barbarian air strikes on Gaza
Strip. "USA is the main supporter of the illegitimate state of Israel and its
"Through this rally the students and teachers of the KU have
shown their detestation for dual and cruel polices of the US government and its
illegitimate child Israel. US government and its polices are actual enemy of the
humanity. It is disgusting that the leadership of 57 Muslim countries are just
spectators of cruel activities of evil powers," they said.
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Sindh Elementary Edu Project closed
Karachi: The Decentralised Elementary Education Project (DEEP) in Sindh with
financial assistance of Asian Development Bank, has been closed due to failure
of education department in achieving the desired targets set in the projects,
The original cost of the project was Rs5.880
billion and was revised at Rs861.5 million. It was initiated in FY2003-04. The
project remained in pipeline till FY2006 due to delay of preparation of
feasibility reports of the project and lack of offices in the districts, a
concerned senior official of the project said.
that due to differences among the coalition parties of previous provincial
government, the project could not be executed till last year. This has resulted
in anger and dissatisfaction for the donor agency.
competent authorities of Sindh government showing dissatisfaction over the
performance and implementation of the project, ordered to close this project.
Sources said the remaining amount of Rs5.21 million of this education project
has shifted to the water and sewerage project.
Meanwhile, highlighting the
objectives of the project, officials recalled that it was to upgrade 1200
primary schools to middle level schools, to construct 100 shelter-less schools,
980 compound walls and 1400 lavatory blocks.
Furthermore, to grant 115 MEd
scholarships to Primary and Junior School Teachers, to provide furniture,
equipment and computers, teachers' tool-kits and sports material to upgrade
schools was also the part of this project.
To grant scholarships and
stipends on differential basis for students was another target as Rs198 million
was allocated for the period of three years.
Besides, to impart training to
DEOs and ADOs education through NIPA, to award scholarship, award scholarship to
female teachers with other 1000 teachers. It was also to start girl's stipend
from class 9th to 12th up to 7460 students for two years.
achievement of the project, official said, till the closure of the project, the
provincial government could upgrade only 208 schools while pre-primary classes
had been provided to 103 upgraded schools.
Moreover, at least 116 compound walls and 193 lavatory blocks have been
constructed, furniture and teaching kits have been provided to 208 upgraded
schools, official maintained. At least 936 female-teacher scholarships have been
awarded to the teacher from class 11th to 14th while 14,276 girls stipend have
been distributed to the students of class 9th to 12th.
Stating the problems
in implementation of the project, the official sources said that the initial two
years spent on preparations feasibility reports and establishment of offices in
district as mostly districts had not extra offices for this project.
principally, the implementation of project was started in FY2006-2007 and all
the relevant sections were actively busy in implementation of the project,
official said, adding that the achievements of targets was in process but the
competent authorities ordered to close this project.
It may be noted here
that another project namely Education Reforms Support Programme with financial
assistance of World Bank, is running in the province but desire results has not
achieved from it as the number of closed schools are increasing. The Nation
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